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Multisensory modalities for magnificent massage mastery
I recently had the idea that people could learn the art of massage more quickly if they could connect the hand motions to the sensations the motions create.  I realized that this could be accomplished by setting up a camera and display so that the person receiving the massage could watch a live feed of the masseuse working on their back.

It worked really well. 

Multisensory massage  Multisensory massage
It turns out that watching a live video of your back for an hour while receiving the sensations you see is a great way to achieve an out-of-body experience as well as a great way to learn massage strokes. 

Try it.

Last week I watched papertygre  upload most of her books as she prepared to move out.

Seeing the process aroused a transhumanist sentiment in me, a glimmer of a future in which our world is gradually transformed into digital information.  It creates a sense of raw possibility and freedom, albeit tinged with a bit of emptiness.

The ability to liberate objects from reality is something I'm passionately working towards in my new startup; it's exciting to see another form of this process.

In the case of book scanning, it's a two-step process involving cutting off the binding and then putting the pages through a bulk scanner 100 at a time.  Hard-core book lovers might want to look away at this point...  :-)

(In case you're wondering, there are many reasons why she didn't choose to buy e-books and then donate the original books to the library, not the least of which is the annoyance of DRM.)

Here are some surgically mutilated books, post-scan.

Ratha digitizes her book collection
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